Viking Ship Museum and the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway

With less than full two days to explore Oslo, Norway, the Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum located a short 15 minute ferry ride from Oslo to the Bygdoy Peninsula, were definitely on my list of places to see!  This is the Gokstad ship that was found in a burial mound in Norway, dating back to around 890 AD.  It was found with the remains of one male skeleton, believed to be a King from that time frame.

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The Oseberg ship was also discovered at a different burial mound in Norway, dating back to approximately 800 AD.  Two women skeletons were recovered, one believed to be a Queen, along with 14 horses, an ox, and three dog skeletons.

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A few days prior to visiting this Museum, my Tour participants and I had visited the amazing Vasa Ship Museum in Stockholm.  When I travel, I tend to prefer other types of activities such as bicycling, relaxing at a side-walk Cafe’ while people watching, etc. rather than going to museum after museum, but I found these ship museums to be really interesting!

We walked across the street to see the Fram Museum which tells the story of Norwegian polar exploration, in particular three great Norwegian polar explorers, Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen.  The Fram was used for a few expeditions to the Arctic and the South Pole during a period in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, spanning almost 20 years.  One of the cool things about this ship was you were allowed to go aboard and see how the explorers lived out at sea for years at a time. Continue reading